Happy Wednesday! I’ve got a little bit of mid week randomness for you, along with a Q&A. I posted this on my stories & you all messaged me a lot of great questions. I grouped them together as much as I could.
Who is your running coach? Sarah Crouch, through McKirdy Trained. Love her.
What race are you training for right now? The Boston Marathon, but will race some shorter stuff until then too!
How do you prevent injuries? Oy. This is a tricky one, and if you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’ve dealt with injuries. Going to bullet point!
- Taking a cross training day (swimming) and a full rest day each week. Swimming has been hugely helpful for me.
- Active Release Therapy and Shockwave therapy on kind of a “maintenance” basis. The Active Release therapy is especially helpful for soft tissue things – IT band, hips, calves, ect. Shockwave Therapy has been extremely helpful for my feet – specifically the little sesamoid bone that gets inflamed now and again.
- Eating enough and sleeping enough are extremely important. It’s easy to overlook, but I do think both are important.
- Strength training is important to help your form stay in alignment. As you start to get tired, your muscles get fatigued, and your form falls apart. Then your body starts doing weird things to keep everything balanced.
How long have you had Bennie The Dog? I adopted Bennie in 2010 when he was 1 year old. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. And probably every will make.
What is this app? It’s called WTForecast. It’s hysterical. My friend Anoush showed it to me. Best.
How did you get over your eating disorder? I’m not really qualified to answer this, being perfectly honest. I struggled with under fueling and over exercising pretty severely in college. I would also hesitate to classify what was going on with me as a specific type of disorder. I never went to a therapist or anything formal (which I obviously don’t advise). What I did do was go to a nutritionist and personal trainer, who taught me how to use food as a tool, and how to lift weights. It has been a life long road and there have been many seasons of my life that I struggled with it more than others. I used to think that I would never fully be free of those thoughts, but the more I practice, the easier it gets.
*If you are struggling with something like this, please get professional help.
Are your eyelashes real? Yes. I don’t wear mascara often to keep them healthy, but when I do, I love using “Better Than Sex” by Too Faced. I never used to think I’d spend $23 on mascara, but it is totally worth it.
Do you like your Instant Pot? Yes, I love it. It is actually John’s – but he’s never used it except reading the instructions to make sure I didn’t “blow the house up.” Such a worry wart. He bought it on Amazon prime day. You can make food SO FREAKING FAST.
The only negatives about it:
- It is HUGE. Like, HUGE. That’s what she said. It should come with a warning that you need extra space for it. We have to store it on the top of our kitchen shelves. John did buy the biggest size, but you seriously need a whole shelf just for it.
- It is a little daunting to start using. There are a ton of instructions and buttons and John was really worried about the lid becoming unsealed and the pressure cooker turning into a pressure explosion. Once I (read: John), read the instructions & after using it a few times, I feel pretty comfortable with it. It was one of those things that you actually need to sit down and read the instruction booklet. I guess….I prefer the just open and start going method.
See how we have to store it?!
What is the lentil turkey chili you posted about? The recipe is here. I used 2 lbs of turkey instead of 1lb, and also added 1 can of pinto beans, kidney beans and black beans, and a big bag of kale. It filled the instant pot to the brim and made SO much food. I’ve made it without that stuff, just straight from the recipe, and it does still make a lot of food. But living with John does require that the fridge has a lot of food in it at all times 🙂
When are you and John getting married? John says he’s an old fashioned kinda gal and he is waiting for me to ask him. (He better be careful what he’s wishing for HA.)
Do you want kids? No idea. I don’t have the “I want a baby feeling,” at the moment, but I’m not saying no either, you know? I feel I need to own a treadmill first LOL. Ok – totally kidding.
Pet Peeves: Cold food (that is supposed to be hot), waiting for things, people not doing what they say they are going to do.
What beers did you try at the Torpedo room? Danksgiving, Crush Saison (that’s the one I liked), Brown Ale, Nitro. We also tried a whale fart (Nitro mixed with Narwhal – which explodes if you don’t mix them right). I am not a beer person, my favorite Sierra Nevada beer ever is Otra Vez – a champagne style beer. That chocolate chip cookie was better than anything you’ve ever tried. Liquid, food, whatever.
What do you do for a living? I am a territory sales director for an insurance company. Insurance policies (home, auto, ect) are sold by insurance brokers. It is my job to give the insurance brokers access to the company I work for, and help them sell our insurance products. I work for a “high net worth” insurance company. Meaning that our insurance policies are made for affluent families. I work from home and my “territory” is within the Bay Area. I never thought I would love a job, but I love this one.
What does John think of the blogging/Instgram thing? He definitely used to think it was weirder than he does now. He is also definitely never going to be #Instagramboyfriend. He is more supportive of it now that he sees I get free stuff LOL.
What is the first thing you do in the morning? Turn on the coffee pot & get dressed in the dark. Before John & I lived together, my alarm would go off, and I would lay in bed and check my phone. The light from my phone wakes him up, so now I get dressed and go down stairs before doing that haha! And get coffee!! It’s probably best that I don’t check my phone first thing anymore.